Plavix Side Effects Lawsuit Filed by 72 People in Illinois State Court

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A product liability lawsuit has been filed against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi Aventis, alleging that the manufacturers of the popular blood thinner Plavix lied about the drug’s safety and effectiveness. 

The Plavix complaint was filed earlier this month in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois, on behalf of 72 people from across the country.

According to allegations raised in the complaint, Plavix side effects caused the plaintiffs to suffer injuries, economic losses and medical costs because the companies provided inadequate warnings and falsely claimed that the popular blood thinner was more effective, and safer, than aspirin.

Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner that prevents blood platelets from sticking together to form clots. It is a blockbuster medication, generating annual sales of $3.8 billion for the drug manufacturers.

The complaint joins a growing number of similar Plavix lawsuits filed against the manufacturers, in which plaintiffs allege that they suffered injuries as a result of their unnecessary use of Plavix, such as gastrointestinal bleeding, severe ulcers, heart attacks, strokes and a rare blood disorder known as TTP, or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpora.

Plaintiffs claim that the drug makers repeatedly overstated the safety and effectiveness of Plavix, and point out that the companies were repeatedly cited by the FDA for illegal, off-label promotions and for ads and campaigns that touted its benefits over aspirin and how safe it was for the stomach; both claims that the FDA said were unproven.

Most of the cases over side effects of Plavix have been filed at the state court level in New Jersey, where dozens of Plavix suits have been centralized before one judge for coordination during pretrial proceedings. However, last month, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation declined to centralize the federal Plavix litigation as part of an MDL, pointong out that there are currently only 12 Plavix complaints pending in the federal court system, with 10 of them filed in 2006 or 2007.

This latest complaint filed in Illinois state court accuses Bristol-Myers Squib and Sanofi of strict liability, manufacturing a defective product, negligence and failure to warn. The plaintiffs say they suffered pain and suffering, impairment, disfigurement, medical costs, and loss of enjoyment of life. They are seeking compensatory damages and legal costs.

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  1. Juanita Reply

    I experienced dizziness and loss of balance that appeared as if my blood pressure was extremely high and it appeared that I could smell and taste blood. When I would check my blood pressure it would give a normal reading. I also experienced sharp stomach pain. I discontinued use. I continue to have the stomach pain however the taste and smell of blood is not as severe. I didn’t tell my doctor that I was stopping the medication because doctors are adamant about taking what they prescribe. I haven’t asked for a refill from the doctor or the pharmacy. I felt that I was being adversely affected by this drug.

  2. Juanita Reply

    The plavix also caused clots (knots) and weakness in my legs, caused me to bruise easily and sometimes the bruises would be from no apparent reason.

  3. susan Reply

    I have been taking plavix for I month and I have bruises for no reason on legs arms feet I feel like some one is sittings on my chest starts about 40minutes after taking plavix I get relief after about 12 hrs after taking plavix 75mg

  4. mark Reply

    hello, my wife died from taking plavix. she had 2 massive brain hemorages with in 2 weeks after taking it. has anybody heard anything about this?

  5. Geoff Reply

    I too suffered a Subarachoid Hemorrage in 2011 after 2plus yrs of taking this deadly drug and experienced stomach pains and bruising like I have never seen before
    but in 2011 due to Plavix I died 2wice on the table at Albany Med and met our maker and he took my hand and walked me back as I watched Drs and nurses scramble to save my life
    well 2plus yrs later I have to live with daily memory loss loss of hearing and eye site on the right side but no more stomach cramps or extensive Black and Blues please if u r taking this please get off of it as it may Kill u

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